His English is effortless and his friendliness unfailing.And it’s fair to say he doesn’t shy away from a challenge."We needed different techniques to get the full picture".were created there in the 4th and 5th centuries; the larger was 175 feet (53 metres) high, and the smaller was 120 feet (about 40 metres).It is believed that the upper parts of their faces were made from great wooden masks or casts.
The caves at Bamiyan are of various forms, and the interiors of many bear traces of fine murals that link them with contemporary caves in Xinjiang, China; some of these paintings were also destroyed sometime before 2001.This coating, practically all of which wore away long ago, was painted to enhance the expressions of the faces, hands, and folds of the robes; the larger one was painted carmine red and the smaller one was painted multiple colors.The lower parts of the statues' arms were constructed from the same mud-straw mix while supported on wooden armatures."This is the earliest clear example of oil paintings in the world, although drying oils were already used by ancient Romans and Egyptians, but only as medicines and cosmetics", explains Ms Taniguchi, leader of the team."My European colleagues were shocked because they always believed oil paintings were invented in Europe.They couldn't believe such techniques could exist in some Buddhist cave deep in the countryside." A combination of techniques to study the paintings was crucial to conclude that oils were used, says Dr Marine Cotte, one of the team.Other motifs show crouching monkeys, men facing one another or palm leaves delicately intertwined.